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Payroll Processor Salary

The average Payroll Processor in the United States earns approximately $15.96 per hour. The bottom of the pay range sits near $11.89 per hour, and the top verges on $21.80. Career duration is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Nearly one-fourth of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, a strong majority report medical coverage and the larger part claim dental coverage as well. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. There are far more female Payroll Processors who answered the questionnaire than men, making up 89 percent. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.

$29,285 - $49,800
(Median)
$29K
$39K
$50K
MEDIAN: $39,148
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$11.89 - $21.80
(Median)
$12
$16
$22
MEDIAN: $15.00
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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$29,285 - $49,800  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,491  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$25,825 - $47,910  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 75
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$11.89 - $21.80  
   
Overtime
$20.50 - $32.65  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,491  
   
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$25,825 - $47,910  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 175

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Job Description for Payroll Processor

Payroll processors process payroll information for employees within their organization, which may include a large number of employees at multiple locations. Duties include collecting, entering, and maintaining data for weekly or bi-weekly processing, recording data for accounting reports, conducting ACH processing for direct deposits and performing some clerical duties. A payroll processor generally works with several departments or colleagues to send and receive data, so they must be prepared to work within their office team and with clients.

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Payroll Processor Tasks

  • Enter changes to employee payroll records.
  • Communicate with employees regarding changes in salary, benefits, etc.
  • Handle voluntary and involuntary deductions.
  • Calculate, key, total, and balance substitute payrolls.
  • Create reports for information pertaining to payroll.

Common Career Paths for Payroll Processor


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At the upper end, Payroll Processors who move into a Senior Payroll Processor role can end up with a hefty increase in pay. The average income for Senior Payroll Processors is a much higher $46K per year.

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Popular Skills for Payroll Processor


Payroll Processors who responded to the survey indicated only a few skills that they use on the job. Most notably, skills in ADP Payroll System, Payroll Administration, Microsoft Excel, and Microsoft Word are correlated to pay that is above average. Most people who know Microsoft Excel also know Microsoft Office.

Pay by Experience Level for Payroll Processor

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


For Payroll Processors, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. Folks with fewer than five years of experience take home $33K on average, and those who have worked for five to 10 years see a bigger median salary of $36K. Payroll Processors who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $42K. Veterans who have surpassed the 20-year mark may make only slightly more than those who are navigating the mid-career stage; the more senior group reports median earnings of around $44K.

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Experience Affects Payroll Processor Salaries




National Average
$35,000


Skills That Affect Payroll Processor Salaries

ADP Payroll System
up arrow 15%

Payroll Administration
up arrow 1%

Microsoft Excel
0%

National Average
$35,000

Microsoft Office
up arrow 1%

Microsoft Word
up arrow 1%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 59 votes.

Gender

Female
89 %
Male
11 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
42%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 73% dental benefits Dental: 60%
vision benefits Vision: 51% employee benefits None: 26%
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